Thousands join grassroots women’s movement opposing HHS mandate

Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2012 / 05:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands of women across the country are leading grassroots efforts to make their voices heard in opposition to the federal contraception and sterilization mandate.The Women Speak for Themselves movement is driven by “things that women are deciding to do on their own,” said Meg McDonnell, who has been assisting the group from early in its existence.McDonnell told CNA on Sept. 20 that the movement has received … [Read more...]

Alaskans keep faith alive on campus

Anchorage, Alaska, Sep 23, 2012 / 01:06 pm (CNA).- Some would consider them countercultural. A group of college-age Alaskans are bucking a larger trend among young people nationwide who are abandoning the faiths in which they were raised.According to a recent study from Georgetown University, young people in the United States, ages 18 to 24, are leaving religion in greater numbers than ever before. And the numbers of fallen-away youth are highest among those raised Catholic or mainline … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict says humility is the way of God

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Sep 23, 2012 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI is calling upon Christians to follow the example of Jesus Christ in becoming “last of all and servants of all.” “A key point in which God and man are different is pride,” said the Pope during his Angelus address to pilgrims at Castel Gandolfo Sept. 23. “We, who are little, desire to appear great, to be first; while God, who is truly great, is not afraid to humble himself, and … [Read more...]

Charitable patron St. Vincent de Paul honored Sept. 27

Denver, Colo., Sep 23, 2012 / 07:03 am (CNA).- On Sept. 27 the Catholic Church remembers Saint Vincent de Paul, the French, 17th century priest known as the patron of Catholic charities for his apostolic work among the poor and marginalized.   During a September 2010 Angelus address, Pope Benedict XVI noted that St. Vincent “keenly perceived the strong contrast between the richest and the poorest of people,” and was “encouraged by the love of Christ” to … [Read more...]